The Old Farmhouse Laufas

The Old Farmhouse Laufas, Akureyri: Hours, Address, The Old Farmhouse Laufas Reviews: 4.5/5

The Old Farmhouse Laufas
4.5
History Museums
Read more
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Write a review

Top ways to experience The Old Farmhouse Laufas and nearby attractions

The area
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Attractions
1 within 6 miles
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
179 reviews
Excellent
111
Very good
59
Average
8
Poor
0
Terrible
1

Been a few places
Epsom, UK1,118 contributions
A visit to the turf farmhouses at Laufus are well worth a visit and I was shocked they didn't feature in my guide to Iceland. The houses are built from turf, both walls and rooves. Not only is the methods used to build the houses fascinating, but the wider history too. Inside is a labyrinth of rooms which are curated to showcase how rooms would have been used. It's fascinating and there is loads of information. Back outside, the buildings are so photogenic! While here don't miss the church too.
Written August 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Glenn H
Madison, WI4 contributions
Friends
We stayed at the Old Farm-Islandsbaerinn for one night while driving the Ring Road. It is only about 10 minutes south of Akureyi in a residential neighborhood & easy to find. The owner saw us pull up & let us in. Wow, the place was immaculate with nice touches throughout. We were in a group of four, but a large family could stay here. The outside hot tub was a great way to end our day of travel. The new washer/dryer is a nice option, but very confusing to figure out. However, I would HIGHLY recommend for any group passing through on a Ring Road drive.
Written May 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

njcavalier
Chatham, NJ355 contributions
Couples
We took a day tour on our recent visit to Akureyri, and our first stop was the Laufas museum. We did not know what to expect, but we were delighted by what we saw! The labyrinthine turf house, with all of its furnished rooms, artifacts and farm implements, is fascinating and offers a wonderful glimpse into local life in the 19th century. The simple, beautiful church is also interesting. And the serene beauty of the surrounding fjord and mountains is something to behold. With its shop and cafe, this is a wonderful stop to make on any visit to Akureyri.
Written September 27, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

MarkandIs
Ottawa, Canada21 contributions
Couples
There is so little of old Iceland to see: when modern homes and materials came along, the old homes were quickly abandoned and demolished. However, the splendid turf houses at Laufas remain as fascinating example of how people lived here up until 70 years ago. We were impressed and grateful that, although the houses were officially closed for the season, the custodian opened them up especially for us, and then shared her extensive knowledge about the history of the place and the people who lived there. Well worth the short detour north of the ring road.
Written September 24, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

MoBec915
Billings, MO75 contributions
Couples
During our stay near Akureyri, the hotel manager recommended we visit the Old Farmhouse at Laufas. In my research prior to the trip, I had not found this attraction and we are so grateful for the suggestion! This is an extremely interesting site with a large turf house dating from the19th century that has been added on to several times and is partially furnished with period furnishing. There is also a church and small cemetery. We were fortunate that someone was there to show us around since it is not always open during the off season. You could see how the turf was laid from the outside of the buildings and a visit to the cemetery was fascinating because of the Icelandic way of naming children using the father's name. Admission to the museum was approximately 7000 Kr and was well worth the price. We felt this was a wonderful example of an open air museum and it shouldn't be missed.
Written December 13, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

DMA-CA
San Jose, CA5 contributions
Very interesting and well presented view of farm life and dwellings in Iceland during the early 1900s. Our kids also enjoyed the visit exploring all the different rooms and passage ways. On display are typical area cloths, furniture, kitchen and farm tools. Well worth the drive. The site has a couple of benches if you bring your own picnic as well as a nice restaurant. The surrounding views are amazing. Thanks to the adjacent working farm, we got to pet and 'feed' ice landing horses that walked over to U.S. As we stood at the edge of their fenced area.
Written July 11, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

practans
Lewes, DE1,837 contributions
Couples
This outdoor museum provides a very interesting view of Icelandic life a few hundred years ago. Apparently it was an old church farm which housed a priest and a number of farmhands in a series of turf-roofed wood frame buildings connected on the inside by long dark earthen passages. The furnishings are representative of what would have been used in the 1800s and remind one of how life then was totally lacking what we take for granted as basics today.

On the site is a pretty little Lutheran church that was built in 1865 replacing one or more older churches on the site that date back many hundreds of years. There is also a graveyard.

Modern amenities are available for tourists: a restaurant, a gift shop and restrooms. The site is rather distant from Akureyri, on the other side of the fjord, and it can't be reached by public transportation, but tours are available that originate in Akureyri. The ride out to the farm takes about 20-30 minutes and offers magnificent views if the weather is clear.
Written February 19, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jhedrick
Woodville, VA84 contributions
Family
We were on a tour and the staff had coffee and cake ready for us. The staff provided an excellent overview of the history and then we were on our own to explore. The church and organ were very interesting and the turf houses and implements of daily life provided a look into the past. This is an out-of-the way place and is a must visit!
Written July 5, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Li S
Ely, UK720 contributions
Family
We had a nice time here. Nice and quiet, attentive helpful staff all in national dress. Theres a small gift shop and café charging reasonable prices. Nice to be able to just explore it at your own pace. The view is spectacular. A great example of times past. Would recommend
Written June 23, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ExplorerOne
Minneapolis, MN270 contributions
Solo
Turf homes were the main architectural home design of Iceland from the early days of settlement (late 900 ADE), using the longhouse model of the Viking age. They were made of wood with sod-roofing to protect them from the harsh winters of the island. The interiors were very basic (especially when compared to our modern standard), had old furnishings and other trinkets, and were designed with practically in mind. Over time, some changes were made and, eventually, longhouses gave way to the style of underground interconnected buildings. Laufas Turf Homes Museum is such an example. Laufas homes were originally built in 1865 and are currently one of a few preserved historic turf homes of the 1800’s in Iceland. Several buildings comprise the museum, and not all of them are turfed, such as the church. Collectively, they’re a sight to behold especially as seen from the back with the vividly green lawn as the foreground. There, you’ll also have fantastic panoramic views of the fjord and the distant mountains. You might also want to have a picnic on the lawn, with the approval of the museum staff, of course.

There’s an admission fee to access the interior of these homes. So, if you’ve been to a turf home before in Iceland, I suggest you skip touring the inside of Laufas’ for really there’s nothing insanely new for you to learn here.

In addition, Laufas is the grandest as well as the easiest to find of all the turf homes I visited. The museum also has amenities such as a gift shop, toilets, a small café, and ample free parking for visitors to use. One of the best parts of visiting Laufas is the gorgeous scenery that accompanies the drive there.

How to get there:
From Akureyri, cross the bridge which leads to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur (a wonderful scenic lookout where you can see panoramic views of Akureyri and beyond). As soon as you crossed the bridge, drive about 14.5 km (9 miles) and turn left onto the paved Grenivikurvegur which leads to Grenivik. (There’s a sign.) Finally, drive approximately 11 km (7 miles) and Laufas Turf Homes Museum is on your left.
Written July 17, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 126
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Farmhouse Laufas

The Old Farmhouse Laufas is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM